Star Wars: Episode IX, the upcoming third film in the current Star Wars trilogy, has picked up a new writer. British screenwriter Jack Thorne has joined the film, which is slated to be directed by Colin Trevorrow and begin filming in 2018.
Thorne's hiring indicates rewrites for the film, which is in keeping with Disney's style of film production. The first Episode IX script was largely written by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, but a later version was penned by Trevorrow and his writing partner, Derek Connolly. Star Wars: The Force Awakens went through a similar rewrite process. The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.
Thorne is the writer behind the upcoming film Wonder, about a boy with facial deformities who struggles to find acceptance in the fifth grade, starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay. Thorne also has writing credits on an episode of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams and the BBC's His Dark Materials series. He has been tapped to write the screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
Debuting in theaters on May 24, 2019, Star Wars: Episode IX is a production of Lucasfilm directed by Colin Trevorrow and likely starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.